In my previous post I explained how the 2010 Uconn team was going to have to really rely on contributions from their freshman class, so let me introduce you to the members of the freshman class I deem the big 3.
Up first is Roscoe Smith, Smith has been compared to former Husky Rudy Gay. Like Gay, Smith hails from the Baltimore area. Smith is also 6-8, lanky, athletic, and versatile. Smith is a small forward by nature, but like Gay will occasionally play the 4. I do not believe that the Gay comparisons are that far off base, Smith is arguably the most talented in this freshman class. Smith has a nice shooting stroke, unlike Gay his repertoire coming into Uconn is far more advanced. Gay was almost strictly an athlete, I have watched tape of Smith in high school as well as the first 2 Uconn games of this season. Smith has the ability to shoot the 3, but his mid-range game is his bread and butter. Hopefully as he gets more confident, that part of his game will begin to shine. Jeremy Lamb is far better than I had anticipated, he is 6’5 and has the longest arms in the world. Of course I am embellishing a bit, but Lamb has been able to come right in and contribute. On defense his length is a problem, he gets his hands in the passing lanes with ease. What’s more impressive, is Lamb’s ability to get rebounds in traffic. Lamb has been a force on the boards on both sides of the floor, Lamb also has the ability to put the ball on the floor and attack. Lamb, like Smith is a good shooter both outside and from mid-range. For Uconn to succeed, Kemba Walker will have to be able to trust his young wings. They will need to produce on offense as well as help Alex Oriaki on the boards. Last but not least, Kemba Walker’s successor Shabazz Napier. Napier is an electric talent, he is a diminutive guard with endless range and lightning speed. Napier was often compared to Dana Barros as a high school player because of his size and deep range from beyond the arch. Napier’s contributions in the first 2 games are his quick hands and feet on defense as well as his fearlessness on offense. Napier has yet to meet a shot he doesn’t like, Napier will learn when and what a good shot is before he leaves Calhouns’ tutelage.
All 3 of these kids have the ability to play on the next level, they do need some work as none of them are one and done type of cases. Smith is averaging 10 pts, 5 rebs, and 2 blocks after 2 games. Lamb is a stat sheet stuffer, his line this season is as follows: 7.5 pts, 6 rebs, 2 assists, 2 stls, and 1.5 blocks. Napier is averaging 9.5 pts, 2.5 assists, and 3 steals so far. All three of these kids are averaging 20+ minutes a game, if you get a chance to watch please let me know what you think of these 3. What do you think of Uconn’s 2010 Freshman Class??
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